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Sweating may not always conjure up feelings of fun or good spirits, but that is exactly what Project Fairbanks hopes to deliver this coming Friday when local band, Sweating Honey plays a “BBQ Block Party” by the same name.

Sweating The Cure is the title for our 1st annual benefit concert being held this Friday, June 4th.  This is the kick-off event for the newly built stage on the old Dominion Warehouse behind The Big I in downtown, Fairbanks.  The proceeds from this fundraiser will directly benefit the Interior Alaska Cancer Association and of course raise awareness for this small but very dedicated and deserving non-profit.  This falls inline with our  mission:

Build community involvement through art and entertainment, bring positive awareness to downtown and partner with other non-profits and organizations in the community to share the success of our efforts. – Project Fairbanks

This is a “rough draft” mission, but it embodies what we hope to accomplish… more.  More for our downtown, more for our community.

Sweating The Cure, as well as other initiatives,  have been orchestrated by three young downtown business owners; myself, Isaiah Mangum of 907 Group, Sheri Oleson of Chartreuse, and Scott Allison of S Salon & Studio, together we created Project Fairbanks. Sweating The Cure is our second major event following the success of The Golden Gala, a 50’s themed dinner party held this past December.  Three months later we got the itch to do more. We knew we wanted to do something outside, and of course do it downtown.  After meeting with Sandy from Interior Alaska Cancer Association and talking with her about what they do, it was a no brainer that we wanted to contribute to their efforts; some brain storming, scoping out potential venues and Sweating Honey coming on board, Sweating The Cure was born.

We have raised some money from local businesses, used proceeds from The Golden Gala, and of course tapped into our own pockets to fund this event.  We would like to see as many people in the community come out and support this worthwhile cause and share in the food, fun and music.

The Details:

What: All ages Benefit Concert and BBQ *(All proceeds, including food, ticket sales and t-shirts will go to charity)

When: Friday, June 4th

Where: Outside on the Chena River, Behind The Big I

Time: Gate Opens @ 6:30pm / Opening band starts @ 7:00pm / Sweating Honey @ 9:00pm

Tickets: Adults – $15 / Students – $10 – Tickets are available now @ Chartreuse, S Salon & Studio, The Big I and @ the gate the day of show

Food/ Drinks: Hot dogs, Hamburgers and other BBQ cuisine will be available on site for a nominal fee

Alcohol : The venue is fenced off for all ages and separate +21 drinking area

T-Shirts: $20-$22 – Limited run of shirts are available now and the day of concert. call: Isaiah @ 978-6128 or email: Isaiah@907group.com (pick-up from downtown)

Want To Help?: If you would like to give a donation in addition to purchasing tickets or t-shirts, please call: Isaiah @ 978-6128 or email: Isaiah@907group.com

Special Thanks: Bobby’s Downtown, Yukon Title, Gambardella’s, Christopher H. Henry D.MD., M.S., Flint Hills Resources, Splash & Dash, Nomadic Stars, Advance Printing and The Big I

About Interior Alaska Cancer Association:

The subject of cancer is often times taboo. People just do not want to talk about it because they are reminded that cancer is the one disease that is indiscriminate. It does not care about the color of your skin, social status, age or religious belief. It is completely non-bias and more prolific than most people are aware.

Past statistics from Fairbanks Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Committee Annual Reports show us that there are on average 300 new diagnoses of cancer every year, that’s approximately 25 individuals a month right here in the interior. What we cannot forget is that these are our friends, families and neighbors which is why the Interior Alaska Cancer Association was created.

Around eight years ago a group of concerned individuals saw that there was a need right here in the interior that was not being met. A lot of money was being raised for research while the basic needs of those afflicted were being overlooked. This group formed the Interior Alaska Cancer Association and dedicated themselves to helping these individuals.

Interior Alaska Cancer Association is organized to assist with the cancer related needs (care, education and prevention) of patients and their families in Interior Alaska and to supplement and enhance the ongoing efforts of physicians, educators and employers in preventing and fighting cancer in the community.

The Interior Alaska Cancer Association accomplishes this goal in a multifaceted manner:

  • Educating the community about cancer related issues through health fairs
  • Supporting our teens though the ASHE program, an Anti-Smoking and Health Education program
  • Providing a support group for cancer patients and their families to meet and share their experiences
  • Helping patients get to and from treatment regularly through our ride program “Recovery Express”
  • Providing financial support through our Patient Financial Assistance Program which covers anticipated as well as unforeseen expenses incurred during the course of treatment.

IACA is a federally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization run completely by volunteers. IACA does not receive any state or federal funding and relies exclusively on the generous contributions of the community to fund our programs. With our main expenses being a telephone and PO Box all donations will be used to help your neighbor’s right here in interior Alaska.